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Unread 09-21-2011, 07:32 AM
So many questions...Da Vinci

I am scheduled for surgery next Tuesday. I'm really not that nervous about surgery I'm more nervous about the after and how I am going to fill and what I can and cannot do.

When will I be able to drive after surgery assuming I am not taking pain pills? I have 2 children that have different schedules and that will need me even though I may not be feeling that good.

How do you feel right after surgery? When I go home the first day am I going to be functional or just out of it?

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Unread 09-21-2011, 07:53 AM
Re: So many questions...Da Vinci

Well, everyone is different, but, in my experience, I had daVinci about 3 1/2 weeks ago. My doctor told me to wait about 10 days before driving. I did drive at 10 days post op without any problems. I felt pretty good after surgery, even in the hospital. I wasn't in nearly as much pain as I had expected and anticipated. I was not really "out of it" at all, but you will be tired, uncomfortable and need lots of rest following surgery. I had my mom here to help for about 10 days post op. You will need help with housework, preparing meals, etc. You will probably have good and bad moments. Don't try to do too much. If your kids need to be shuffled to different activities and/or supervised, you should try to find someone to do this for you, at least for the first week. Even at almost 4 weeks post op, and feeling really good with no complications, my "limit" of going out to do anything is about 3 hours and then I'm just beat and need to come home and rest. Talk to your doctor, follow their orders and recommendations to make sure you have the best recovery possible.
Unread 09-21-2011, 08:24 AM
Re: So many questions...Da Vinci

I had daVinci total Hysterectomy on the 13th, and was home 26 hours later. I'm thinking of driving for the first time today - sitting is a problem for me. I went to a meeting on Sunday & couldn't sit for an hour. So, my recommendation would be to find other drivers for a couple of weeks, certainly for the first week.

I've been tired, and napping at odd times, even after getting off percoset. I'm glad that I didn't have to be awake at set times - that I could nap if I was tired.

Remember that there is a lot of internal healing to be done. My surgeon was surprised at the number of adhesions on my uterus - due to an emergency C-section 20 years ago. I should imagine that overdoing now might lead to similar effects down the road.

In other words, don't over-do it. My worst moments since surgery are after I've done so.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 09:34 AM
Re: So many questions...Da Vinci

Constanz2 is correct, everybody heals at different rates so listen to your body for sure. That being said I had my daVinci total hysterectomy on Sept 6th and I have to say I have felt pretty good. Even in the hospital I wasn't really in pain and wasn't knocked on pain meds either. As far as pain goes I would call mine more of discomfort at times not really a horrible pain. I drove around 10 days post op with no problems. I didn't stay home alone until about 6 days post op and I returned to work (office job sitting at desk) this week. No problems so far but I am pretty tired by the end of the day, not going to do a full 40 hour week this week.

Hope this helps and good luck!!
Unread 09-21-2011, 12:29 PM
Re: So many questions...Da Vinci

I agree with what others have said. I had my DaVinci total, ovaries, uterus and cervic removed on 8/31. I was in the hospital for 2 days and felt so much better than I did when I had my colon resection (long belly cut). Minimal pain can mean many things to different people and everyone is different. Not everyone has had the same things done during their DaVincis so healing time is different. Age is also a factor. (Not that I want to admit it)

My number one tip is REST. Stay in your jammies because for some reason it seems if others see you dressed they think all is well.
Drink lots of water.
Keep this site available and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Remember you are a Princess and Princesses should always be pampered.

I send you good wishes and prayers.
Unread 09-21-2011, 12:33 PM
Re: So many questions...Da Vinci

Originally Posted by LilPup View Post
My number one tip is REST. Stay in your jammies because for some reason it seems if others see you dressed they think all is well.
Very good tip!!! I didn't wear anything other than pj's or yoga pants for at least a week
Unread 09-21-2011, 01:37 PM
Re: So many questions...Da Vinci

I pretty much slept the whole first week with small periods of time when I was awake I ate something then went back to sleep. I had a vaginal hysterectomy with some repairs.
Unread 09-21-2011, 01:45 PM
Re: So many questions...Da Vinci

I had the Da vinci done on the 7th of this month. I had a supercervical with removal of the fallopian tubes. I stayed in the hospital overnight. I was pretty out of it and just wanted to sleep for several days. Everyone heals different and Do not try to do too much. I don't have any little ones so I didnt have to worry about caring for anyone but myself. I had husband to care for me. Get some help, you need to recover. Even though you are getting the Davinci it is still major surgery.

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